The Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) requires the Navy to research and evaluate structural upgrades to the existing tanks at Red Hill. Currently the tanks are constructed of concrete with quarter inch steel plates forming a liner around the barrel and top of the tanks, and half inch steel plates lining the bottom of the tanks. The concrete varies from 2 ½ to 4 feet thick, and the entire tank sits atop a twenty foot thick concrete foundation.
The Navy developed a preliminary study and evaluation of 14 tank upgrade alternatives. Nine of the 14 alternatives were double-wall containment systems and the remaining five were single-wall containment systems. After further consideration of the 14 alternatives, six options were selected for in-depth study as part of the AOC. The six final options consist of three single-wall alternatives and three double-wall alternatives.
The tank upgrade study examined the unique inspection, maintenance and repair procedures that may be needed with each potential tank upgrade alternative.
On September 8, 2016 the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) submitted the Draft Tank Upgrade Alternatives (TUA) Scope of Work, which was conditionally approved by the Regulatory Agencies on December 8, 2016 (letter available for viewing below). As required by the conditional approval, the Navy and DLA provided the Regulatory Agencies and external subject matter experts with two interim TUA Report Progress Updates in June 2017 and October 2017. The Navy and DLA have also developed and submitted the TUA Decision Process document, which describes the decision-making process and identifies the information sources the Navy and the DLA will use to select the Best Available Practicable Technology (BAPT) for a Tank Upgrade Alternative in accordance with Section 3 of the Administrative Order on Consent Statement of Work (AOC/SOW). This Decision Process Document was submitted to the Regulatory Agencies on September 29, 2017 and is available for viewing below.
On December 9, 2017, the Navy submitted the TUA Report to the Regulatory Agencies. The Report summarizes dozens of technologies that were considered to improve the storage tanks and provides detailed conceptual design information for the six upgrade options still being considered. A redacted version of the report is available for viewing below. Due to Federal contracting regulations, some information, such as the cost of the upgrade options, cannot be publicly released. This report does not recommend a specific tank upgrade alternative. EPA, the Hawaii Department of Health, the Navy, and DLA will use the study’s information, along with community input and other work produced under the agreement, in selecting the final upgrade alternative later in 2018.
Letter to Admiral Fort from Regulatory Agencies on Tank Upgrade Alternatives Scope of Work (PDF)(2 pp, 485 K,
Letter describing Regulatory Agency concerns regarding how the Navy and DLA plan to propose their initial tank upgrade decision under the Red Hill AOC.
Red Hill Tank Upgrade Alternatives Report [redacted] - 8 December 2017 (PDF)(459 pp, 14 MB,
Administrative Order on Consent Statement of Work Section 3.3 Tank Upgrade Alternatives Report, Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii.
Tank Upgrade Alternative Decision Process - 29 September 2017 (PDF)(13 pp, 351 K,
This Navy document describes the decision making process and identifies the information sources the Navy and the Defense Logistics Agency will use to select the Best Available Practicable Technology (BAPT) for a Tank Upgrade Alternative (TUA) in accordance with Section 3 of the Administrative Order on Consent Statement of Work (AOC/SOW) dated 28 September 2015.
Conditional Approval Section 3.2 TUA SOW - 8 December 2016 (PDF)(3 pp, 2 MB,
Letter from U.S. EPA and State of Hawaii Department of Health concerning Conditional Approval of Red Hill AOC SOW Deliverable- 3.2 Tank Upgrade Alternatives Scope of Work Alternatives Scope of Work Alternatives, Red Hill
Draft Tank Upgrade Alternatives Scope of Work - 8 September 2016 (PDF)(85 pp, 8 MB,
Red Hill Facility Tank Upgrade Alternatives Scope of Work (Draft, Pre- Decisional, Do Not Cite or Quote, For Discussion Purposes Only)